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7:01am 3rd September 2012

Thousands of children are going back to Cornwall, leaving their parents with a big hole in their pocket.

A poll on Pirate FM's website has found almost half admit being worried at the cost of getting them prepared for a new term.

It includes everything from new uniform and PE kit to bags, pens and protractors.

Some estimates put the cost at £177 per child, with another £39 per week on top of that. The school run sees parents collectively spending £862m on fuel every year.

St Columb Minor mum of three Lindsay told Pirate FM: "You've got uniforms, you've got shoes, you've got coats, you've got PE kits - which are very expensive. Although I tend to try to do it quite a lot in advance so it isn't such a big hit I think it does make it tough for us, especially with more than one child.

"My experience over the summer holidays is that my son has grown about four inches in all directions. Nothing fits and he needs new things every couple of months. You don't want to feel that your child is the odd one out."

But there is help for families who are struggling.

David O'Neill's Deputy Head at Newquay's Treviglas College. He told Pirate FM: "If you're entitled to free school meals come in and get some advice. There is money available for schools.

"You do see extremely expensive things floating around at this time of year and the good thing about parents and students from Cornwall is that they are pretty sound - they can see through a lot of the marketing."

7:01am 3rd September 2012

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